A Wild Turkey’s Thanksgiving

By |2018-11-21T19:35:30-05:00November 23rd, 2012|Categories: Poetry, Stephen Masty, Thanksgiving|

Mister Franklin, humans call him; Turkeys call him Gentle Ben. Lovingly we keep his memory From our tree or field or fen, Once our day of thanks ensures That some of us outlasted yours. Wild and canny, lithe and limber, Peaceful as a bird can be, Perching high in Yankee timber, We, true Sons of [...]

Thanksgiving, the Puritans, and St. Augustine

By |2018-11-19T19:42:14-05:00November 22nd, 2012|Categories: Peter A. Lawler, St. Augustine, Thanksgiving|

Thanksgiving is the holiday that brings us all together, whether or not we’re Christians and whether or not we’re American citizens. It’s the first holiday of the Holiday Season that begins around now and lasts until New Year. We’re so sure that saying Merry Christmas is intolerant and dogmatic that we’re all about Happy [...]

A Chestertonian Thanksgiving

By |2018-11-21T19:36:33-05:00November 22nd, 2012|Categories: Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Thanksgiving|Tags: |

There haven’t been many writers who exuded gratitude more than G.K. Chesterton. One could assemble a lovely article simply by stitching together his best insights about being humble, grateful, gracious and adventurous, so that’s just what I’ve done. Perhaps folks who are fretting their family get-togethers because of tenuous, tender tensions with their relatives [...]

Religious Roots: Not All Turkey and Touchdowns

By |2018-11-21T19:39:17-05:00November 21st, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Thanksgiving|Tags: |

The religious roots of Thanksgiving speak to the essence of America, and against the danger of over-consumption. The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony weren’t the first Europeans to settle in North America, nor were they the first permanent English colonists. But because of our annual celebration of Thanksgiving, and our hazy images of their 1621 meal [...]

Second Thoughts at the First Thanksgiving

By |2018-11-21T19:30:11-05:00November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Stephen Masty, Thanksgiving|

Roast the turkey that we gave you! Bake the pumpkin pie! Be deft While recalling, back in England, Folks are thankful that you left! Share and share alike, ye thundered, Property ye banish here: Why did no one plant, we wondered, Hence the hunger no one feared. Heaven will provide, you told us, And we [...]